How much drag?

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How much drag?

Postby cjc » Sat Jun 07, 2008 10:57 pm

How do you tell how much drag is the right amount of drag?
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Postby Preacher1011 » Sat Jun 07, 2008 11:31 pm

I've always heard 1/3 of the weight of the weakest part of your line. It just depends though, sometimes I'll use more and sometimes less. For me it depends on what I'm going after.
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Postby LaRedneck » Sat Jun 07, 2008 11:49 pm

I also depends on line poundage too. But I think what your after is the biggest key. I fish for bass mostly so you don't need that much drag, I basically unscrew the drag until I can bump the rod and the bait falls no more than a few inches. Its also depends on how sensative your reel is and also how good you are with an open face. If your just starting off set is towards the stiff side till you get the hang of it. Less drag mean farther throws but also means your strip line when you set the hook if its too light.
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Postby Kiskadinna » Sun Jun 08, 2008 10:24 pm

For me it all depends - with a bait caster I tend to match the spool drag and magnetic drag to lure weight and other conditions such as wind.
Using spinning reels or trolling, I may modify the drag for the bite and conditions. Sometimes, early season while fishing lindy rigs or similar, I run the drag loose to buy some more time in order to set the hook.
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Postby #1wingnut » Mon Jun 09, 2008 7:44 am

Hook your lure hook or what ever you have to something solid,
and pull. give your rod a good bend. adjust your drag so you can pull out line with your rod bend at its power point. :thumbsup:

If your fighten big fish. DONT CHANGE IT.
On my level winds I like it a bit softer than on a spin reel. for the simple reason that I can slow a big running fish down with my thumb if I feel I need to. (not recommended) but thats how I roll. There is nothing worse than breaking off that trophy you've been dreamin of.


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Postby SUTHERNDUCKHUNTER » Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:11 am

Like others said before it all depends on what you're fishing for. Most of the time I'll preset my drag for whatever im fishing for down here in florida. For trout and tarpon i like to keep the drag a little lighter but for redfish,snook,jacks..etc..ill keep in tightened down a little more
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